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Assembly Special Committee Recommends Becerra Confirmation

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), a member of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General, voted to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Congressman Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California. During the hearing Assemblymember Chiu asked Becerra about sanctuary cities, “We’ve heard Donald Trump promise to go after cities and counties, like mine, that have put into place years ago sanctuary policies that would protect immigrants that are fleeing violence and persecution. What can you – or will you – be able to do as Attorney General to protect our sanctuary cities and counties?” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/chiu

Assembly Special Committee Recommends Becerra Confirmation

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Co-chair of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General, voted to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Congressman Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California. “I was very impressed with the depth and thoughtfulness of Congressman Becerra’s answers to questions posed by the Committee and in his handling of questions in our confirmation hearing,” said Assemblymember Stone. “At this time in California, there is no better person for the job as Attorney General.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/stone

Assembly Special Committee Gives a Thumbs Up to Becerra Nomination

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), a member of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General, voted to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Congressman Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California. “I’m very impressed with your resume,” said Doctor Weber. “I’m very pleased that someone who has the depth and the understanding and the character of this state is being asked to serve as Attorney General.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/weber

Becerra Gets Thumbs Up from Assembly Special Committee

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), a member of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General, voted to recommend that the full Assembly confirm Congressman Xavier Becerra as Attorney General of California. “California has long been the place that LGBT people have seen as the Golden State,” said Assemblymember Eggman. “Many Californians in the LGBT communities are very nervous right now. The incoming potential federal Attorney General has made very clear his positions on these issues.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/eggman

Assemblymember Santiago Joins Gun Safety Advocates for Rally at State Capitol

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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) was joined by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles), Mike Gipson (D-Carson), and David Chiu (D-San Francisco), and more than a hundred gun safety advocates from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety for a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in support of common sense gun legislation. Much of the rally focused on Assemblymember Santiago’s Assembly Bill 1511, which would help keep guns out of dangerous hands by closing a loophole in California’s background check law. “We’ve got a serious loophole to the background check,” said Assemblymember Santiago. “To think that I can loan a gun to anybody that I want without having a background check, without knowing anything about them…this is crazy.” Here’s more from the rally in this Assembly Access video.

Cooley: Protecting Historic State Park Names

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(Sacramento) – An effort to protect the names of historic parks in California, spearheaded by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), is moving smoothly through the State Legislature. Now the trio of lawmakers is pushing other states to follow California’s lead. Assemblymen Cooley, Gray and Bigelow introduced Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The authors are now urging their colleagues in the other 49 state legislatures to take similar action. “We in California were blindsided by this trademarking practice, and that could easily happen in another state,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “We want legislators around the Country to be aware of what happened here and show them what we’ve done to combat it.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Gray: Historic State Park Names Not For Sale

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(Sacramento) – “The message we’re sending is real simple…historic places’ names are not for sale here in California,” Assemblyman Adam Gray said on the steps of the State Capitol. “These places and these names have a special significance to many families throughout the country.” Assemblyman Gray (D-Merced), with Assemblymen Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), were on the capitol steps talking about Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, which seeks to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The trio of lawmakers are urging other states to take similar action. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

State Assembly Passes On Time, Responsible Budget

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(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, joined with 51 of his fellow lawmakers to approve a new state budget. “This budget focuses on the ingredients for building a stronger middle class,” said Assemblymember Ting. “ We invest in our future by funding education, reducing poverty, and cleaning our environment. We create greater fiscal stability by saving for a rainy day and building the largest reserve in over three decades.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

State Assembly Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget

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(Sacramento) – Led by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, the State Assembly has approved a new state budget. “This budget is both responsible and visionary,” said Speaker Rendon. “We lift families out of poverty, increase access to Early Childhood Education, and make college more accessible for Californians. We make these investments while ensuring our fiscal stability by growing the state’s Rainy Day Fund. This is a very positive budget – and a very positive step for California.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Assemblymember Dodd Asks for Your Help to Stop Human Trafficking

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(Sacramento) – Slavery still exists in modern-day America. In fact, you may see the victims of this crime without even realizing it. In this public service announcement, California State Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) talks about the issue of human trafficking and urges you to go to his website to learn how you can more easily spot it and report it. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.